SALT LAKE CITY — Classical music lovers can now take another little piece of the Utah Symphony home with them.
Last Friday, the Salt Lake-based symphony orchestra released the first compact disc of a planned three-volume set featuring the works of French composer Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). When all three volumes are released, later this year, it will mark the first complete commercial recording of the composer’s five symphonies by an American orchestra.
The Utah Symphony was also the first American orchestra to record to complete Mahler symphonies.
These newest CDs are being released on the independent British label Hyperion Record. This is the Utah Symphony’s first recording project with the label.
The first volume of Saint-Saens’ work includes Symphony No. 3 in C minor ("Organ"), featuring Paul Jacobs; "Danse Bacchanale" from Act III of the "Samson et Dalila" opera; and Trois tableax symphoniques d’apres La foi, based on the composer’s incidental music for a play by Eugene Brieux.
Volume 2 will include Symphony No. 2, Symphony in F major ("Urbs Roma"), and Danse macabre. Volume 3 will feature Symphony No. 1, Symphony in A major (written when the composer was just 15 years old), and The Carnival of the Animals. Volumes 2 and 3 are planned for release later in 2019.
The Saint-Saens works were recorded live during the 2017-18 Utah Symphony season. Volume 1 was recorded Dec. 1-2, 2017.
The Utah Symphony is conducted by music director Thierry Fischer.
In the future, an all-Berlioz album with the orchestra is planned for release on Hyperion.
Albums can be ordered through www.hyperion-records.co.uk.